A southbound 2003 Dodge Stratus driven by Jeremiah Horseman, 20, Raleigh, Ill., bumped the rear of a southbound 1998 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Kathryn Polsley, 58, Ottawa, causing both vehicles to lose control at 1:50 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 59, two-and-a-half miles south of Lawrence in Douglas County, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.
The Polsley family’s Blazer skidded before leaving the roadway and rolling into the west ditch on its top, with two family members being ejected from the vehicle, the report said. The Stratus skidded before coming to rest upright on the west shoulder, according to the report.
Five members of the Polsley family — Kathryn, 58, Geri, 31, Jonathan, 30, Kaytlynne, 5, and Rylen, 3 — were transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence with “injuries or possible injuries,” the report said. A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday afternoon that no one in the Polsley family was currently a patient at the hospital.
Two other family members, Cynthia “Cara” Polsley, 27, and Seth Polsley, 23, were transported to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., where they remained hospitalized Wednesday evening, according to members of the General Edward Hand Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Kathryn Polsley, a local attorney, also had been transferred from Lawrence to the KU medical center where she remained hospitalized Wednesday evening, chapter members said. Kathryn and Cara are both DAR members.
Calls to the David and Kathryn Polsley residence in Ottawa went unanswered Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon. Mark Cation, Ottawa, a longtime friend of the Polsleys, said he hadn’t received much information on the condition of the family and what he had heard was hearsay. Cation and his wife said they were hoping for good news.
“It hit us very hard because we’ve been friends a long time,” Cation said. “We’ve been praying, and we put the [Polsley family] on our prayer chain in our church.”
The local DAR chapter is urging people to send cards or visit the family members at the hospital. Cara was reported to be in the intensive care unit, family friends said Wednesday evening, though none wanted to go on the record with a condition report.
Anyone interested in sending cards should address them to the family member at KU Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160. Cara Polsley was reported to be in Room 2660.
Both Polsley children — Kaytlynne and Rylen — were properly restrained in car seats, the highway patrol report said.
Kathryn and Geri Polsley were wearing seat belts, the report said, but stated first responders were not sure if Cara Polsley had been wearing a seat belt.
Jonathan and Seth Polsley were not wearing seat belts and were both riding in the rear storage area of the Blazer, the report said. Both men were ejected from the vehicle, according to the report.
Horseman was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he refused treatment, according to the highway patrol report. The report said Horseman was wearing a seat belt.
Herald Staff Writer Abby Eckel contributed to this report.